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East Midlands League
Loughborough Students are starting to open up a lead at the top of the Premier Division and are four points clear following their 6-0 victory over Sandiacre Town. Friar Lane & Epworth won 1-0 at Corby S & L to stay in second place, just ahead of Clifton who were 3-1 victors away to Mansfield Town. Gedling Town edged out Rolls Royce Leisure by the odd goal in five to stay in fourth. Heather St Johns and Peterborough Azure are in the top half following their goalless draw, whilst Shepshed Dynamo claimed an important 2-0 win against Market Warsop.
Steel City Wanderers ran out 11-1 winners over OOH Lincoln A to close the gap on Division One North leaders Retford Utd to eight points. Arnold Town meanwhile went third by beating Sparta Nottingham
3-2. The bottom two teams in the table met each other and it was Lenton Athletic who emerged victorious, 5-1 over Linby CW.
In Division One South, Hinckley Utd have gone five points clear at the top following their 2-0 victory over Kingsthorpe. Huncote S & SC's challenge took a blow as they were held to a goalless draw by basement side Raunds Town. Daventry Town and Nuneaton Town shared four goals while Sleaford Town moved away from the bottom three with a 3-0 win at Barrowby.
Eastern Region League
The top two in the Premier Division did not play on Sunday but Haringey Borough were unable to take an opportunity to go second as they drew 1-1 with fellow challengers Barking. Vicky Bruce was on target for Barking, with Haringey replying through Aishah Bolaji. Braintree Town boosted their hopes in the wide open title race by winning 3-1 at Hethersett Athletic, Zoe Rushen bagging a hat-trick. Bedford Ladies dealt a blow to Chelmsford City's hopes by beating them 2-0 thanks to Natasha Fensome and Christie Turner. Stevenage Borough picked up four points from a double header with Woodbridge Town, following up a goalless draw by winning 2-1, goals coming from Alex North and Amy Josland.
Maria Crisp-Hihn, Simone Cook and Naomi Dwane were all on target as Kettering Town claimed a huge 3-0 victory over Division One North table toppers Norwich City Res to move within one point of the leadership, with two games in hand. Ipswich Wanderers received a large setback as they went down
4-0 at Huntingdon Town, for whom Sarah Gee hit a hat-trick and Joanne Bull the other. Sophie Hopkin scored the only goal as Cambridge Women Res beat Haverhill Rovers 1-0.
Arlesey Town hold on to top spot in Division One South despite not playing on Sunday, as Billericay Town were held to a 0-0 draw by Whitwell and Hannakins were beaten 2-1 by Sawbridgeworth Town, for whom Wendy Rankin and Hayley Graham were on the scoresheet. AFC Kempston Rovers defeated Hoddesdon Owls 3-0 thanks to an Alison Hayes double and Donna Coombes.
London & South East League
Panthers made a quick return to winning ways, winning 2-0 at Horley Town to stay five points clear at the top of the Premier Division from Old Actonians who beat Wandgas 5-1. Maidstone Town who 4-1 away to AFC Wimbledon to keep up their challenge as did Littlehampton Town with a 3-1 victory over Garston. Crawley Wasps are out of the bottom three after winning a high scoring affair, 5-3 against Denham Utd.
Things are just as close in Division One (London) as the three main title hopefuls all won. Surbiton Town picked up a 2-1 victory over West Ham Utd Development to stay one point ahead of Kent Magpies who beat Luton Town Res 2-0 with Tooting & Mitcham Utd, 2-0 winners at Hemel Hempstead, a further point adrift. Westfield can reach the top three by winning their games in hand and a 3-0 success at Brentford keeps those hopes alive.
North East League
Whitley Bay further extended their Premier Division lead to seven points as Kirsty Hunter and Nikki Smith gave them a narrow 2-1 win over Peterlee Town. Barnsley returned to second place by defeating Ossett Albion 4-0. Huddersfield Town won 2-1 at Sheffield Utd Community to go third, while Sheffield FC were 3-0 victors over Guiseley. York City headed themselves towards a mid-table place as they won
5-3 against St Francis 2000.
In the Northern Division, Durham City beat Brandon Ladies to go six points clear at the top from Scarborough, who went down to a 3-1 defeat at third placed Birtley Town. Lumley leapfrogged Teesside Athletic by beating them 7-1 and Whitley Bay Res were 7-2 winners over Cramlington Juniors.
Hessle Town scored four without reply at AFC Preston to narrow the gap on Southern Division leaders Castleford White Rose to two points. Sheffield Utd Junior Blades follow on in third, with games in hand, after defeating Beverley Town 5-1. Kerrie Zserdicky scored twice and Faye Allen the other as Bradford City A won 3-0 away to Wetherby Athletic.
North West League
Chorley blew the Premier Division title race open with a 3-1 victory over league leaders Mossley Hill, whose lead was cut to eight points by Chester City with a 2-0 success at Bolton Wanderers. Chorley follow on in third while Fletcher Moss Rangers maintained their hopes by beating Wigan Ladies 2-1. Burnley Girls went fifth as they scored nine without reply past Windscale and Bury Girls & Ladies were 5-2 winners at AFC Urmston Meadowside.
Brazil defeated Bolton Ambassadors to stay two points ahead in Division One North, from Penrith AFC who won 8-0 at Burnley Borrowdale. Bolton Lads & Girls shared four goals with Springfields (Preston) while Wigan Athletic picked up a 6-1 victory away to Blackpool Wren Rovers Res. Improving Warrington Town moved further away from the bottom places with a 6-2 win over Burscough.
Denton Town took over the leadership of Division One South on goal difference by winning 7-0 against AFC Liverpool. Winsford triumphed 3-1 at Glossop North End, Buxton edged out Airbus UK 3-2 and Birkenhead ran out 4-1 winners over Macclesfield Town.
South West League
Falmouth Town swept into the semi finals of the Bristol Soccerworld Cup with an emphatic 12-3 victory away to Torpoint Athletic. Katy Barker was on target five times, Sasha Sparkes weighed in with a hat-trick with others from Claire Boyd, Kerry-Ann Moxham, Naomi Blight and Becky Hall. Marjons Old Suttonians joined them in the last four, thanks to a 4-2 win over Newquay Res. Rhiannon Bailey scored twice for the Plymouth-based side along with Lauren Wallinger and Jodie Newark.
Gloucester City returned to the top of the Premier Division by beating previous leaders Frome Town
3-0 with goals from Helen Wood, Jasmine Morris and Kelly Aldridge. Larkhall Athletic and Saltash Utd meanwhile battled out a goalless draw which keeps both teams firmly in the race. Bristol Ladies Union's excellent run of form has almost taken them into the top half, they were 2-1 winners over Chippenham Town. Oldland Abbotonians moved up the table by defeating Stoke Lane Athletic 1-0, Vicky Mundy scoring the only goal of the game. Poole Town meanwhile claimed their first victory of the season, 2-0 against Taunton Town, with Bev Symes scoring both goals.
The withdrawal of Swindon Town Res has meant a re-calculation of the Eastern Division table but Cirencester Town hold on to top spot from Forest Green Rovers Res, who shared a 3-3 draw with Cleeve West Town. Bishop's Lydeard suffered a setback as they were beaten 3-2 by Winscombe Res for whom Rebecca Rexworthy bagged a hat-trick. Amy Davies scored the only goal of the game as Keynsham Town Development picked up an important 1-0 win at Swindon Spitfires. Nailsea Utd moved out of the bottom two with a 2-1 victory over Downend Flyers.
In the Western Division, Laura Gough marked her first appearance for Plymouth Argyle Res since a recent heart operation by scoring in their 3-1 win against Launceston. Kat Marment and Faye Hankinson added their other goals. Roche meanwhile notched up a 4-1 victory over Totnes & Dartington SC.
Southern Region League
Southampton Saints now head the Premier Division by seven points after second placed Maidenhead Utd were held to a 3-3 draw by Aldershot Town. Oxford Utd consolidated themselves in third place by beating Launton 5-0 while Wycombe Wanderers leapfrogged Shanklin into fourth as they defeated the Isle of Wight side 3-1. Bracknell Town edged out Slough 1-0 and the game between Henley Town and MK Wanderers finished level at 1-1.
Southampton Women are back in top of Division One as they won 5-1 at Berinsfield and previous table toppers Woodley Saints drew 2-2 with Basingstoke Town. University of Portsmouth are well placed in third following a 7-1 victory over Reading Girls, whilst Chesham Utd Res scored six without reply against Banbury Utd.
West Midlands League
With their two title rivals not playing, Worcester City took the chance to go top of the Premier Division with a 4-2 victory over Hereford Pegasus. Bradwell Belles defeated Lichfield Diamonds 5-2 whilst Cannock were 2-0 winners over Kidsgrove. Hereford Phoenix picked up an important 2-0 success away to Coleshill Town.
Division One North leaders Willenhall Town battled out a goalless draw with third placed Coseley Town and now head the table by four points. The game between Wyrley Juniors and Bedworth Utd also finished goalless and Withymoor and Bridgnorth Spartans drew 1-1, meaning that FC Reedswood were the only team in the division to win on Sunday, 1-0 against Tamworth Lionesses.
Dudley Utd followed up a midweek win by beating Fairfield Villa 11-0 to assume the leadership in Division One South. Leamington Lions kept their hopes alive with a 4-1 success at Ferndale. Coventry City Development and Rea Valley finished level at 1-1 while Walsall and Knowle recorded victories over Redditch Utd and Marston Green respectively.
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